Great Sewage Ponds of the West

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Subject: Great Sewage Ponds of the West
From: "Jo Wieneke" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 15:19:41 +1000
If anyone is planning to travel in western Qld the sewage ponds in Winton
are not to be missed.  Last week there were hundreds of Pink-eared Duck,
lesser numbers of Hardhead, Black Duck, Grey Teal and 2 Freckled Duck which
were there on Tuesday but not on Friday. At least a dozen Spotted Crakes
were foraging around on the mud at the base of the surrounding reeds along
with  Little Grassbirds which kept disappearing into a clump of reeds
carrying food items.
The Ponds are at the end of Vindex St which runs parallel to the main
street. They are between the Cloncurry road and the Golf Club and accessible
and open. The only blot on the landscape was a feral cat which we saw on
both visits.

On the way back to Townsville the dam at Pentland (2 blocks north of the
highway, from which is it visible) was excellent - also with good numbers of
duck, all three grebe and large numbers of Black-fronted and Red-kneed

Jo Wieneke
Nth Qld

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